Fire Chief Denis McCarthy has served in the Connecticut Fire Service for over 37 years. Chief McCarthy brings a wealth of experience to the position. He is a progressive and energetic public servant who anticipates the changing demands in the public safety environment. Denis credits his achievements to working collaboratively within the Fire Department, with partners from other municipal departments, in the private sector as well as with citizen and community groups.
Chief McCarthy values an honest, transparent and credible decision- making process. He recognizes the importance of public safety and the role of the Fire Department and Emergency Management on the health and stability of a community. The Chief encourages the contributions of every member of his team and appreciates the impact each member can have to better inform the decisions, programs and projects of the department.
For the past ten years, McCarthy served as Chief of Department in Norwalk Ct. In his role as Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director, he updated the professional standards of the staff, created a fire rescue marine unit, led the construction of a $15 million, state of the art Fire Headquarters and Emergency Operations Center. This LEED Gold facility was built on time and on budget.
Always a community leader, Chief McCarthy spearheaded the development of a school safety plan for the public school system as well as the safety plan for City Hall. In his role as Emergency Management Director, he ran a number of disaster exercises for the community and the region including a full scale Metro- North Disaster Exercise. In 2006, Chief McCarthy was recognized as the Connecticut Emergency Manager of the Year. Under his leadership, the Norwalk’s Emergency Management team has grown into a collaborative team that responded to Sandy, Irene and other storms. Prior to his service in Norwalk Chief McCarthy served 27 years in the Westport Fire Department completing his service there as Fire Chief.
Beyond local service, Chief McCarthy was selected for Governor Malloy’s ‘Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’ as well as the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Advisory Board. He is a past president of the Connecticut Career Fire Chief’s Association, the Coastal Fire Chief’s Association and has served as Chair of the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Regional Emergency Planning Team. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Services Council in Norwalk serving as 1st Vice President.
Chief McCarthy is a 37 year resident of Fairfield. He looks forward to bringing his expertise to his hometown.